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    I take a general interest in orders, medals, decorations, uniforms, insignia of: The Netherlands; Germany & German States 1800-1950; Great-Britain 1800-1950; Belgium 1830-1950; France 1800-1950; USA 1900-1950.
    Also I collect images (photos, postcards, prints, other documents) related to the above; German award documents (Besitzzeugnis & Urkunde); French campaign medals.
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    Germany and NS Organisations between the wars - in particular Reichsarbeitsdienst (FAD, RAD, RADwJ); HJ.
    German Sailing Training Ships & Kriegsmarine in general.
    Dutch Colonial Army and Navy.
    Royal Navy & Scots Guards.

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  1. A very very nice and interesting photo. Obviously the funeral party are Luftwaffe, to bury one of their comrades, but the Catholic chaplain is of the Army. Because Goering would not have any chaplains at all in the Luftwaffe, for the occasion of military funerals, chaplains had to be "borrowed" from the Army or Navy.
  2. Another interesting portrait, with information. We see a Maschinen-Obermaat of the 1. Komp. Marine-Stabsabteilung Festungskommandantur LS Gotenhafen [1st Coy Navy Staff Unit of the Garrison Administration Gotenhafen - presenty named Gdynia], the photo is dated 5 April 1940. Interesting to note the crossed anchors below the letter "O" (for "Ostsee"), the early style cap with woven roundel and oak leaves. Also interesting to see his ribbon bar, which denotes that he is from Austria, with 2 medals for bravery in the Great War.
  3. That's a nice one Morten, never seen the like of it!
  4. Here are some more of other sailing school ships, "Segelschulschiff Albert Leo Schlageter" "Segelschulschiff Georg Fock" "Segelschulschiff Horst Wessel" with 2 men standing "Totenwache" (Dead Watch)
  5. An interesting studio photo. The sign reads: "3. Schiffsbatterie // Mondsüchtiger an der Arbeit // Munster 1939" [3rd Ship's Battery // Moonrakers at work // Munster 1030] The photo was taken in Munsterlager, a Truppenübungsplatz [Military Training Facility, like Aldershot]. The men are wearing Army uniforms, with the Arab number 83 on the shoulder loops. Some of the men are wearing the old style Schnurstiefel [Lace boots]. It is puzzeling that the tekst reads "3. Schiffsbatterie", a unit to be connected with the Kriegsmarine, but the uniforms and insignia are Army.
  6. Mechanikersgefreiter (Artillerie) [Gunnery Mechanic]
  7. When I read the information about the "K", both on the internet and in my books, I would consider it safe to conclude that it is assumed to be "Kanal" based troops, but this is not (yet) supported by any Kriegsmarine regulation or official order.
  8. Interesting Morten, what is the source for this information about the "K" (MV, Vfg, OKM-B, OTB, etc.)?
  9. That is a very informative photo Morten! Thanks for sharing
  10. Some more Auxiliaries: Lufthansa pilot (The German national commercial airlines company, extablished 1926) Seemännisches Personal (manning the fleet of sea-rescue ships, supply vessels, etc.) they were non-military staff Three women of the RADwJ, serving with the Luftwaffe as extra-supplementary auxiliary personnel, at war-conscript service
  11. Two very rare photos of the same guy, who served as a fireman on the Naval Air Station Bug, on Rügen. In the second photo he is depicted as Löschmeister (Master-Fireman)